The Supreme Court on Vicarious Liability

Wednesday, 07 October 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    • Jeff Heasman, Managing Director, Insurance Upskill

Have we reached the final destination?

On 1 April 2020, the Supreme Court handed down its judgments in two highly important cases for employers and the insurance industry: Various Claimants v Barclays Bank and Various Claimants v Morrisons. The Court of Appeal had held Barclays to be vicariously liable for the actions of an independent contractor and Morrisons liable for a major data breach committed by a rogue employee who was subsequently sentenced to prison. The Supreme Court has overturned both decisions.

In recent years, the law relating to vicarious liability has been in constant motion. What did the Supreme Court say in the Barclays and Morrisons judgments and how will this impact employers and insurance companies? Have we finally got some certainty in this area of law?

During this thought-provoking session, Jeff Heasman will look at both sides of the argument and assess how best employers and the insurance industry can adapt to these recent developments.

Online Booking
This free, one hour webinar is open to all members and their guests. If you would like to join us, you can reserve your place by clicking on the Book Now button below.

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Learning Objectives
By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • understand how the law relating to vicarious liability has developed

  • critically analyse recent decisions of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court

  • assess how employers and the insurance industry can adapt their practices to ensure the best outcome possible in the light of recent decisions

About our Speaker
Jeff Heasman is a leading international trainer who specialises in communication skills within the insurance and financial services sector. Jeff is a certified practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and a professional member of the Academy of Modern Applied Psychology.

In addition, Jeff holds a bachelor degree in laws from the University of Glamorgan and a master of laws degree from Swansea University, as well as a postgraduate certificate in teaching English language to adults.

Jeff spent many years in practice as a litigation executive, dealing with cases up to and including the Court of Appeal in London (England v IBC Vehicles Ltd) and as a senior liability adjuster at Crawford and Company. Subsequently he was Dean of the Faculty of Law at Cavendish University in Zambia, has been a tutor at Swansea University and a lecturer in international negotiation skills to MBA students at ESIC University in Spain.

Jeff now combines his experience and expert knowledge to provide communication skills training to prestigious organisations, companies and individuals throughout the world.


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